Hi there everyone! I am excited to share one of my favorite card making techniques with you this week on the blog using fabulous products from Maker Forte. Over the past year or so, I have really become enamored with alcohol inks. It’s funny because I first started using them when I first started into the realm of mixed media but now I am just loving them on their own to create beautiful backgrounds. Floral stamps like THIS ONE are my favorite to use with this technique.

Alcohol Lift Ink is super fun to use on a background and I had this idea to create a kind of white and black look using the same stamp over a background that I masked off to create. For my alcohol inks, I’m using Ranger Ink in the colors Sunset Orange, Peach Bellini and Dandelion…colors that are completely out of the norm for me to be honest but for some reason those are the ones that jumped out to me when I pulled out my alcohol ink storage. I think I wanted to something bright and summery seeing as we are right in the middle of it. Once I was happy with the background, I placed my card panel in my MISTI and placed the stamp where I wanted it.

Since I created my alcohol ink background on Yupo paper, it is super slick and kind of hard to stamp on without it smearing easily while it dries. That’s when I remembered these awesome paper packs from Maker Forte that have all kinds of seasonal sentiments in it, printed on both white and black that was just perfect for my card. I almost chose the one that says “I hate everyone except you” haha but refrained myself…although, I definitely have a card in mind and the perfect friend to send that to one of these days! I also layered my background with a beautiful coordinating 6×6 paper pack.

It’s hardly perfect but hey, it’s a handmade card so it’s those little imperfections that show the uniqueness of each one that I create. When I had this in mind, I wasn’t exactly sure how I would pull it off but what I did was keep the stamp in the MISTI and tried to mask it as best I could to only stamp the bottom stems in Archival Black Ink – since it is a permanent ink it was the best one to use on the Yupo paper. Remember earlier when I said I don’t normally gravitate to these warm color palettes I used for my background? As I was finishing the card, I knew it needed just a little something more and that’s when I saw the jar of Crown Jewel Gems on my little caddy of goodies and they were THE PERFECT match! Do you love how that happens as much as I do? I’m kind of a create on a whim type of creative. I never have a plan when I sit down, or never a solid plan, maybe just an idea of what I want to do and what products I want to use but what happens is always a bit of a mystery in the process.

I hope you all enjoyed this card today and I would love for you to check out the full process video I made while creating this card. It’s fun to see it all come together and it really doesn’t take a lot of time at all. I encourage you to give it a try! Thanks so much for stopping by today.



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Supply List:

6×8 Stamp Set Calming Cosmos

Yupo Paper

Alcohol Ink Sunset Orange

Alcohol Ink Peach Bellini

Alcohol Ink Dandelion

Tim Holtz Air Blower Tool

Alcohol Lift Ink

Ranger Archival Ink Black Soot

Maker Forte Crown Jewel Gems

Maker Forte Rosey Days Paper Pack

Maker Forte All Season Sentiments Paper Pack

Maker Forte Perfect First Impression Smoosher Tool